AUGUSTUS JOHN: FIFTY-TWO DRAWINGS, by Lord David Cecil - 1957 [Signed & Numbered]


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Augustus John: Fifty-two Drawings

introducton by Lord David Cecil

illustrated by Augustus John 

Limited edition, signed by author and artist.  London:  George Rainbird, 1957 

Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD+ condition.

  • Dark brown paper covers with vellum spine and corner tips have inset illustration on cover. 
  • Boards show some marks and bumps.  Vellum at one corner is nicked.  See photos. 
  • Spine has gilt text and is darkened, with a stain, library label at foot.  Ends are firm.  See photos.  
  • Binding is strong.  
  • End papers/ pastedowns show little to no sign of age or wear; owner's bookplate is present at front pastedown.  See photos.
  • Frontispiece is present, a self-portrait of the artist.
  • Ex libris Cragwood. 
  • Illustrations are bright and clear, plates are tipped-in.  
  • Interior exhibits minimal signs of age and wear.  Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks.
  • Original slipcase is brown cloth over boards, red label with gilt on one side.  Boards show some bumping, stains, wear to fabric edges.  See photos.  
  • PS2024.0328

15 pages plus 50 plates. 11.75 x 16.75 inches

A very good copy of this limited edition of reproductions of drawings by the Welsh artist August John (1878-1961), bound with a essay by the critic at large Lord David Cecil (1902-1986).  The book replicates an artist's folio, with the plates in varying sizes, mounted on sheets of different colors, some with ruled borders. 

This volume is also of interest as an association copy, its provenance the Estate of Jane Englehard (1917-2004), noted American philanthropist and collector.  The bookplate at the front pastedown comes from the library at Cragwood, the 1920s Bernardsville NJ estate of Mrs. Engelhard and her husband, Charles W. Engelhard Jr. (1917-1971).

This edition of 150 copies was printed in Amsterdam and London, bound by Zaehnsdorf of London.  Signed by the artist and author.  This is copy #33.  

Please see photos. More photos available upon request.

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